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Miley Cyrus Doesn't Want Country Fans To Be Afraid of Her

At the end of the day, Miley Cyrus is country.

Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter has been on a rollercoaster ride of figuring out who she really is since she shot to fame in 2006, but in a new interview with Billboard, she reveals her journey is leading her home to Nashville.

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“[Country] fans don’t really take me seriously as a ­country artist. One, I haven’t given them that music,” she says. “But I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a ­little girl that says, ‘I’m in your corner.’ Dolly Parton is my ... ­godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me.... I’m evolving, and I surround myself with smart people that are evolved.”

Miley’s forthcoming new music will showcase her country roots, and her Still the King actor dad recognizes that.

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“This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard,” Billy Ray says. “For her, this is honest.”

“Malibu,” the first taste of Miley’s evolved new music, drops May 11. Look for her new album to drop later this year.

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